Blue waffle syndrome is well documented. ;)
As for the effectiveness of torture, I asked the local US consulate and they declined to comment. That must surely mean it's completely inefficient and the US never engaging in such.
"I served in Northern Ireland and I know the security services used to do outrageous things at Castlereagh detention centre.
We didn't care about that because the security services were getting real-time information that prevented bombings, both in the province and on the mainland."
Where's your ticking time bomb "fallacy" now?
My ticking time bomb fallacy is right here:
So now you've at least given something of merit, but let's take a closer look.
McNab isn't citing his own experience with torture there - he's making a claim that bombings were prevented; now I have to ask, where is the evidence for that claim? Where is the documentation of these 'terrorists' being arrested, bomb making materials in hand, map to a target, all led to by evidence gained through torture?
The evidence I have provided clearly indicates the technique did NOT work with KSM. Have you any documentation of actionable intelligence gained from a terrorist?
Not everything is (publicly) documented, especially illegal acts.
As for your fallacy, firstly the audacity of believing you have invented one astounds me. Secondly, it holds no merit.
"Have you any documentation of actionable intelligence gained from a terrorist?"
Did you read McNab's testimony? That's as close as you will ever get to confirmation.
"Everyone breaks eventually." Wonder why that is a saying..
Everyone breaks eventually - except for KSM, apparently. Oh sure, he gave up some information, but it didn't stop his bomb plots from moving forward. He also confessed to a plot to hit L.A., which it seems was cancelled years earlier, whoops. He confessed from plotting to kill everyone from Bill Clinton to the Pope - but he kept his bomb plot well guarded.
I'm sorry that the evidence for your case is locked away in a secret underground bunker with Jimmy Hoffa, Osama Bin Laden, and Sonny Bono - but I'm really going to need to see something compelling to think that torture has any potential to result in actionable intelligence. After that, I'll need some pretty damn good assurances that innocents like Maher Arar aren't going to be tortured as well. Finally, I'll need to know how the backlash from terrorists will be prevented, otherwise it just seems like the sort of thing that will result in more turmoil than it will quell.
I think most people here are talking about physical torture.
I'd be interested in hearing some views on psychological torture.
PS - I think techniques like sleep deprivation should be classified as physical torture.
It's inhumane and perpetrators like the one below should be shot on the spot. ;)